2012 CRMFieldsPIMS Prize Recipient
Stevo Todorcevic (University of Toronto) [ français ]
Conference details
The Centre de recherches Mathématiques, the Fields Institute and the Pacific Institute for
Mathematical Sciences have the pleasure to announce that the 2012 CRMFieldsPIMS Prize
in mathematical sciences has been awarded to Stevo Todorcevic from the University of Toronto.
Professor Todorcevic obtained his Ph.D. in 1979 in Belgrade and currently holds a Canada Research
Chair at the University of Toronto. His contributions to set theory made him a world leader in this topic with a
particular impact on combinatorial set theory and its connections with topology and analysis.
His work is recognized for its striking originality and technical brilliance. He was an invited speaker at the
1998 ICM in Berlin for his work on $\rho$functions. He made major contributions to the study of
S and L spaces in topology, proved a remarkable classification theorem for transitive relations on
the first uncountable ordinal, made a deep study of compact subsets of the Baire class 1 functions
thus continuing work of Bourgain, Fremlin, Talagrand, and others in Banach space theory. Together with
P. Larson he completed the solution of Katetov's old compact spaces metrization problem.
Among the most striking recent accomplishments of Todorcevic (and coauthors)
are major contributions to the von Neumann and Maharam problems on Boolean algebras, the
theory of nonseparable Banach spaces, including the solution of an old problem of Davis and
Johnson, the solution of a long standing problem of Laver, and the development of a duality
theory relating finite Ramsey theory and topological dynamics.
